David Stockdale would be open to a move back to Ipswich Town after Fulham No.1 Mark Schwarzer returns from injury.

Stockdale was called back to Craven Cottage from Portman Road on Wednesday following news that Schwarzer will be sidelined for six weeks with a neck injury.

The 26-year-old had featured in 18 of Ipswich's 21 Npower Championship encounters this season, including last weekend's 5-3 win away at Barnsley.

He will now, however, have to compete for a starting berth at Fulham against Neil Etheridge as the Cottagers look to move away from the relegation zone.

And, although Stockdale is fully focused on the job in hand in west London, he would consider rejoining Ipswich in the New Year, should the opportunity arise.

"There may be a chance of me coming back," Stockdale told Ipswich's official website. "That's not really up to me and at the moment I just want to concentrate on getting back and doing my best for Fulham.

"If the chance came for me to come back and it suited all parties then it is definitely something I'd look into though.

"Fulham have got some big games coming up - especially Man Utd and Chelsea - so I want to do well and show people what I've learned at Ipswich and show what I've been doing in games and training, working along some great coaches such as Malcolm Webster.

"I just want to thank everyone at Ipswich for giving me this chance and I really have learned a lot from the experience.

"It would have been nice to have stayed and tried to have got the club into the Premier League, but I've got to concentrate on doing my best for Fulham now."

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